ONLY ADOPT INTO THE NORTHEAST
(NY, NJ, VT, MA, PA, DE, MD, RI, CT, NH, ME, VA & SE Canada)
GHF ADOPTION HOURS
closed on Sunday
Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue
Border Collie from GHF. There are a few things to understand before
proceeding. PLEASE READ THIS
1. We have a variety of personalities in rescue.
Not all of the dogs have come from typical home life situations. Many
have lived outside or in pens or in rural areas. While you may not think
of your neighborhood as crowded or noisy, to a Border Collie, it can be
Purebred Border Collies, especially ones
under age 4 can be a mis-match for certain home environments. A Border
Collie mix or older purebred can adapt more easily into a pet home.
2. These dogs have a working instinct, bred to
live on huge farms managing flocks of sheep, devotedly carrying out the
shepherd’s needs. They are complex thinkers with a need to DO daily
work. They were never bred to be pets living in suburban settings, just
They are hard wired to look for movement
and control it with their instinct to herd.
3. The level of control needed for dogs to live
in the suburbs or urban areas is completely foreign to this breed. Leash
walking is not enough exercise. Confinement inside while people work all
day makes them insane. Neighborhood settings with kids on bikes or cars
going by sends them into herding mode yet they can’t act on it. Heavily
social homes with people in and out can cause them to feel crowded,
defensive and fearful leading to nipping or biting.
The natural instinct of a purebred Border
Collie is high energy, super athleticism and intense mental to cover
miles and miles over thousands of acres with sheep without heavy human
4. The change from working dog to pet companion
can lead to behavior issues like car chasing; nipping children on bikes;
chewing and destroying inside furniture and aggressively defending their
space by lunging, barking and charging people.
It can be very hard for this breed to
adjust to a more human oriented world filled with chaos where so much is
happening around them.
5. They often exhibit sound sensitivity issues
with the move from quiet, country life to more dense populations. They
react to machinery sounds; vehicle related noises; commotion of the
neighborhood; crowded dog park settings; and begin over-thinking
obsessing on sounds and sights, worrying, developing fears and negative
They basically over-react to anything and
6. Families fare better with Border Collie
MIXES. Densely populated situations are better for Border Collies who
have already successfully lived that way. The more intense herding
oriented Border Collies need active adult homes who regularly hike, play
ball and frisbee and involve the dog in an athletic life.
PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR HOME
LIFE SITUATION BEFORE APPLYING.
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO
THE POLICY OF ADOPTING TO HOMES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 7...WE DO NOT DO THIS ANY
After two biting incidents with perfectly
trustworthy dogs, we no longer are willing to take this risk under any
circumstances. If your child is 6, then a puppy could be considered
but no adoptions with children under 7 otherwise. Dogs perceive
small children as other dogs, not humans with any authority, so when any
issue arises, the dog will respond just as they would to make another dog
go away...growl, nip or bite. Once a child is old enough to have
some authority, the dog can better understand the alpha orientation needed
to create safe relationships. And, no matter how attentive a parent
can be, there is no way to continually monitor children with the vigilance
that is necessary.
1) Fill out an application via online or fax, we
pre qualify you via phone. A reference check with be conducted and we'll
have a conversation about dogs of interest as well as dogs we'd suggest
fit best. Questions you might have would be answered during this call. (click
here for application - Word version) (click
here for PDF version) Email application to
2) Visit with the dog(s), all family members
should participate, including any other dogs. (Adoptions are by
appointment only. We welcome visitors (non-adopters) to the Farm but
also by appointment only.)
3) The adoption then occurs. A contract is
signed which stipulates that any time during the dog's life, we
will take the dog back if you cannot keep them.
4) Follow-up is an important part of a
successful adoption and we want to be a resource to help solve issues or
questions as they arise, so there are periodic check-ins to say hello.
At Glen Highland Farm, each and All records of
treatments and associated costs are provided to each adopter, as well as
the necessary medical forms for the vet. The adoption fee for each dog
is $325 which goes toward the costs of all the dogs cared for at Glen
are a non-profit, funded purely through donations and adoption fees.
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
People often ask
"will they be approved to adopt a dog from the Farm"? So,
this is written to help answer that question.
If you come to
adopt with an open heart to join hearts with another being and share a
life with them, then possibly you’ll find your canine friend........
If you come to
adopt expecting the perfect dog with no issues, then you will not be as
likely to find your canine friend.
The dogs in rescue,
by and large, are here because someone else has given up on them. For
whatever reason, through their own fault or not, they are abandoned.
Sometimes they have fear issues; sometimes they have never lived a normal
loving life; and sometimes they are just fine and need another home
because of problems their people are facing. Regardless of why they land
at the Farm, they need you to be committed in the right way.
Do not come to
adopt if you don't expect to put time and energy and money into working
with a rescue dog. You will most likely need to hire a trainer. And, you
will most likely endure problems in the beginning as the dog adjusts to a
totally new life. Those problems might be chewing, peeing, pooping,
barking, hiding or even growling. Change is not always easy for dogs. It
is important to have patience and tolerance for understanding life from
their perspective. They will not be perfect. Neither are you when you do
something new. There also may be medical issues that we cannot see
which means you'll spend money you didn't expect to spend. You are not
buying a new car, you are rescuing a living, breathing dog that needs
care. All of us at the Farm have given our hearts, souls and wallets to
insure these dogs leave healthy, happy and ready for a new life but, there
are no guarantees. If you want perfect hips, perfect eyes and no problems,
go to a breeder who checks all this out.
If you come to
adopt understanding that the love in the hearts of these dogs is
tremendous and unparalleled when you connect with them, then you
have the right perspective. If you can imagine what it feels like to be
misunderstood your whole life, not wanted and not cared for properly, then
imagine what it is like for someone to finally care enough to put the time
into giving you what you need. That is why rescue dogs bond so deeply and
so strongly when they find their person. Finally, someone understands who
they are and what they are here to give to people.
Rescue is really
about YOU being rescued. About YOU digging deeper into your heart to work
through whatever comes up, to unconditionally love a dog who is willing to
unconditionally love you. If we all have a chance in life to truly
experience the joy of real love between two beings, then possibly the
human race has a chance to be rescued. It takes effort and hard work
sometimes, to find real joy. That is what we are looking for in
adopters who come to the Farm: people who are here for the right